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MEAT RAFFLE: St. Casimir Church will present its spring meat raffle 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church’s social center, 1833 Clinton St. at Weiss Street in Kaisertown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes an entry for a door prize, beer, wine and pop and either a ham or turkey sandwich. For more information or tickets, contact Kathy at 432-7755, the church office on Friday at 824-9589 or purchase tickets at the door.  This is a 21-and-over event.

ART COMPETITION RECEPTION: Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will host the 2016 Congressional Art Competition reception and awards ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College, 1 College Road, Batavia. This year’s winner will receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., to see their artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be displayed for a year.

INTERFAITH EVENT: The Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will host the eighth annual interfaith seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca. The goal of the event is to foster greater understanding and tolerance of various religions. For information, contact Tahmina Rehman at 982-7386 or email

MEDICINAL GARDEN: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park will host the second Medicinal Garden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in support of World Health Week. Activities include: Good things to eat and do each day to improve general health, botanicals used in traditional and current medicine, stress relief ideas and healthy foods that come from all over the world. The program is included in garden admission and tickets can be purchased at the door. Prices are: $9, adults; $8, seniors (55 and up) and students (13 and up); $5, children, 3-12; Garden members and children two and under are free. Visit for information.

PRISONERS OF WAR CEREMONY: A ceremony to honor former prisoners of war on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Freedom Hall, Room 301, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. April 9 is recognized nationally as the date when American and Filipino forces surrendered in 1942 in the Pacific Theater.

ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP CELEBRATION: Rev. Alvin Clay Sr., associate minister of Macedonia Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker at the anniversary worship celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fillmore Community Church, 821 Fillmore Ave. For more information, contact the church at or 896-6295.

POETRY AND MUSIC: Poet Robert Giannetti will read from his original works at a collaborative performance with the Harmonia Chamber Singers at 3 p.m. Sundayat Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder. Harmonia is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is collaborating with Giannetti, of Lewiston, for the first time. Donations will be taken at the door.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: The North Amherst Ladies Auxiliary will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday at the North Amherst Fire Hall, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst.

FASHION SHOW: Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, will host its third annual Sassy Spring Fashion Show at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event coincides with National Poetry Month and showcases springtime trends. For information, call 763-1823.